The Heart of Access

The Heart of Access


Our Partnership

The Heart of Access was made possible by the crucial partnerships formed between the SF Department of Public Health, community organizations, and academic institutions during the pandemic. The city would not have been able to weather the pandemic without the heroic and essential work of these organizations. We hope you will continue to follow and support their work. Visit the Resources page for more information.

A Film By

ShakaJamal is a culturally innovative artist and filmmaker from Oakland, California and founder of OLU8 Film & Culture. His experiences as film producer, director, cinematographer, editor, writer, performing artist, and music producer bring a distinctive and invaluable perspective to any venture. His work reveals the inspiring achievements of change makers—whose stories often go untold. His work with non-profits and corporations is dedicated to transforming the social fabric of our community.

ShakaJamal is a graduate of Tuskegee University where he earned a BA in History. He received a Master’s of Fine Arts in Cinema at San Francisco State University. He is the first filmmaker from Oakland, CA to receive the Game Changers Fellowship which led him to premiere a series of short documentaries in New York at Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. His work has premiered both nationally and internationally, on television, and in numerous film festivals.

ShakaJamal is also the founder of Namaste Ready! a co-op that provides yoga and self care healing practices designed to activate and support the healing powers of the Black Community. He is trained in Raja Yoga through Niroga Institute’s Integral Health Fellowship. He is now a 200 Hour Certified Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher who taught his residency at East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC), Growing Roses in Concrete and Alameda County’s Juvenile Hall WETA Program.


Executive Producer

Decades of professional experience in education, mental health and community organizing have taught us that you cannot promote healing without addressing racial equity, and you cannot bring about equity without healing. After years as coworkers gathering and testing practices to support individual and organizational transformation and healing, we realized we have a shared vision and unique experience to alleviate the acute and chronic racial suffering that continues to be passed down through generations.

All Thrive Education

Executive Producer

CLI is a branch of the Population Health Division in the San Francisco Department of Public Health that works to promote a diverse and talented workforce and advance health equity. Our vision is to foster a culture of learning, trust, and innovation. We do that in a number of ways: from sharing information and resources to experimenting with new and innovative technologies, to training and coaching staff and partners, building partnerships across sectors, and mentoring emerging public health professionals. CLI offers technical assistance to branches within the Population Health Division and supports other health departments and community-based organizations in their workforce development efforts.

Center for Learning & Innovation
The Heart of Access
The Heart of Access
Photo by Mabel Jimenez

Special Thanks To The Following Artists

Mabel Jimenez

Mabel Jimenez

COVID Command Center Artist in Residence
Mike Chen

Mike Kai Chen

Freelance photographer
Fillmoe Trev


Songwriter, “Vaccination Anthem”

Thanks to our Funders

This film and its distribution were made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases Cooperative Agreement and the Public Health Infrastructure Grant.
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